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Mapping the constructions’ recyclable, reusable and renewable materials

Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Responsible Consumption and Production


According to the Global Status Report, published in 2017 by UN Environment and the International Energy Agency, buildings and construction together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The construction industry is, therefore, among the highest emitter of carbon emissions in the world. In September 2019, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued a new vision for how buildings and infrastructure around the world can reach 40% less embodied carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve 100% net zero emissions buildings by 2050. To meet the goal, the world needs to apply innovation to move to sustainable construction. Sustainable construction requires minimizing resource consumption, maximize resource reuse, and use renewable or recyclable resources. 

Site 4016 creates a place where the best players in different parts of the construction industry are gathered. A collaboration that leads to knowledge development and well-being, increase digitalization and innovation, cost reductions for companies that make the regional construction industry stronger and more competitive. 

Site 4016, as the stakeholder in Stavanger, provide the following challenge: 

Our Challenge 

To meet the goals of reducing CO2 emissions and focusing on sustainability in the construction industry, there is an urgent need to drastically reduce carbon emissions from building construction. One way to reduce emissions is by reusing and recycling materials from old buildings and other industrial sectors into new buildings. This requires mapping the reusable, recyclable, and renewable material in building and construction waste and develop new value chains and markets for reusable and recyclable building materials. This is a challenge that the industry is faced with. We would challenge a multidisciplinary team of students to find an innovative solution for mapping, logistics, and/or creating a marketplace for reusable and recyclable building materials. 

Expected impact 

The expected impact respect three sustainability pillars. 

Economy: Circular economy to maintain the utility of products and materials for as long as possible while retaining their value. New business opportunities for local companies in mapping, logistics, and/or marketplace services. 

Environment: Reduce CO2 emission by producing fewer new construction materials. Less waste and material to landfill. 

Society: Construction with lower cost due to the recyclable and reusable materials provides the opportunity for citizens with a variety of wages to have better purchasing power. Potential for work training and employment in new businesses/business areas. 

Target Groups 

Regional business, municipalities, citizens 

Deadline for applications : 2021-01-20